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Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 Restoration Blog

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Just picked up a new laptop for my collection (sisters old laptop). This Lenovo SL500 Thinkpad is running a dual core P7350 CPU and clocks at a whopping 2.0Ghz right out of the gate. The laptop itself is fairly beat up but we have a plan in motion to restore it back to like new condition.

And we wont keep it stock, that's for sure! Seeing as though it supports the 1066Mhz FSB speed, I went right to the top of the ladder and just ordered up an Intel X9100 core 2 extreme processor which will be paired with 4GB kit of DDR2 RAM @ 800Mhz.

So far, we have performed the RAM upgrade and ditched the old mechanical hard drive for a 60GB SSD. Fixed the broken hinge with JB weld, and as you can see there is also some damage to the speaker grill, so we have a new speaker grill ordered up as well. We also have a new keyboard on the way, as the letter a is damaged, and we simply cannot have that.

The SSD paired with the Intel X9100 should eliminate some performance bottlenecks and I am confident we can do something like a 10 percent overclock with roughly a 1.1500 vcore. All CPU performance adjustments will be done with Throttlestop and fan speed control will be handled via TPFandControl.

We have the system now set up with Windows 10 64 bit.

I will update this thread as the build progresses. For now, enjoy some low quality pictures snapped from my cell phone.



































 

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one question
why win 10? if you want to restore it, just restore it like the first time that laptop out from the factory IMHO
 
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why win 10? if you want to restore it, just restore it like the first time that laptop out from the factory IMHO
Because in my opinion windows 10 is the best windows to date. I want all the technology I can bring to bear and that includes the latest operating system that will run. Windows 10 runs just as fast as windows 7 and provides a more comprehensive package to the end user.
 
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Because in my opinion windows 10 is the best windows to date. I want all the technology I can bring to bear and that includes the latest operating system that will run. Windows 10 runs just as fast as windows 7 and provides a more comprehensive package to the end user.

Just so that you know :

Those GPUs (Geforce 9300GS) have no WDDM2.0 drivers which are mandated for a Windows 10, they rely on old WDDM1.3 drivers from Windows 8.1 which may or may not work properly on newer Windows builds.
Good luck !
 
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